The Thai jihad continues. From Reuters, with thanks to Nicolei:
BANGKOK, June 7 (Reuters) – Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a Buddhist teacher in Thailand’s restive Muslim south on Monday, the latest casualty in a spate of violence which has claimed over 200 lives since January, police said.
The 49-year-old, who was in charge of general studies at an Islamic school, was shot as he was about to start his car parked at a school in the province of Pattani, police said.
The shooting came just over a week after an elderly Buddhist man was beheaded at a rubber plantation in nearby Narathiwat province, an incident which heightened fears of sectarian tension between Buddhists and Muslims in the troubled region.
The teacher was killed despite stepped up security at schools, where at least 1,000 soldiers and police have been deployed since the new school year began in mid-May.
“We are investigating what might have been the motivation,” Major General Paitoon Pattanasopon, head of the Pattani provincial police, told Reuters.
All General Pattanasopon has to do to discover the motivation is read the writings of Osama bin Laden and other radical Muslims. They have made their intentions and goals quite clear.